Draft Capsule: LB Jelani Jenkins
April 18, 2013, 10:45 pm
By John Paschall
Jelani Jenkins (LB, Florida)
6-1 | 243 lbs
27 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT
High character guy. Has very good speed for a linebacker (4.54 40-yard dash). Can go sideline to sideline and does well chasing down runners. Strong in coverage with both tight ends and running backs. Has good blitzing ability.
Not ideal size for an outside linebacker at the next level. Must add strength. Needs to improve technique at point-of-attack, as he was frequently too high. Must learn how to shed blockers.
Fit for Bears:
Linebacker is an absolute need for the Bears heading into the draft. Jenkins has a lot of similar traits to former Bears linebacker Nick Roach and could be a good player to trade up for in the middle rounds if he's still available. Jenkins shouldn't be counted on to start immediately but could provide good depth and be a solid nickel linebacker.